How picking one word maximizes your wins in 2019

Ever get caught up over-planning and under-performing because you set new year goals to a self-imposed and unwieldy standard?

One word — simplify.

Simplify your world and your life for 2019 with this amazing and straight-forward tactic.

Literally pick one word and commit to honoring it and you’ll be amazed by how much you accomplish in 2019!

This one-word trick works because it is simple and quiets all the noise in your head that makes goal achieving hard to win at. 

One year my one word was literally ‘simplify’. I self-defined it to fit my need to simplify my life.

I became very intentional about how I spent my time and with who. 

My purchases were deliberate and needed to meet two criteria: Did I absolutely love it? Was it necessary to have? 

I purged ‘stuff’ so that my house was clean and uncluttered. 

Being intentional with just that one word simplified my life a lot. It’s a word that carries through to today actually.

Another word that kept coming up for me was ‘collaborate’. It allowed me to meet Darlene, my podcast partner (It's a Brain Changer), a little over a year ago and we’ve been collaborating up a storm ever since! Our podcast is really taking off and we have some big and exciting programming plans for 2019 -- stay tuned!

Why does one word work? Because one word is easy to remember, it’s narrowly focused and speaking of…what you focus on grows! 

Focusing my intention on finding a great partner to collaborate with opened me up to meeting people who were also interested in collaborating. 

Here’s some great words to ponder and choose from:

Love — Do you need to love yourself more by saying no? Speaking up? Aligning with your passions? Moving your body?

Energy — What and who brings you energy? What and who zaps your energy? What do you have the power to do to ensure you consistently add to your energy bank in 2019? 

Happiness — What is your current definition of happiness? Does it need to be redefined? Up-leveled? What does that look like for you? 

Partner — Your word can be someone you’re looking for :) What are the traits of this person? What does it mean for you to be a great partner? (We must first BE who we want to attract.)

Discomfort — Ooooh! What a great word to focus on in 2019! Your comfort zone is simply repetitive brain patterns that tell you risks are dangerous and bad. 

B.S! Your brain, although incessant, doesn’t know shit about this topic!  Being discomfortable (yes, that’s a word in my book) brings you to life and fills up your life with more fun, experiences, connections, and excitement!

Those words not resonating? Here’s a few more questions to ponder that will help you decide on your one word: 

Is there something that’s been nagging you? What is it telling you to do?

Is there a word that keeps coming up for you? Start paying attention.

What disempowering words do hear yourself using a lot? Where does your energy go? What is an empowering word you can start using instead that will add to your productivity and motivation? 

I would love to hear your one word! Share it below, and tell us why that word resonates with you. Sharing dramatically increases your commitment and results :) 

BTW…Darlene and I talk more about finding your one word and so much more in our latest It’s a Brain Changer episode: How to Live Epically in 2019. Tune in here or search It’s a Brain Changer in your favorite podcast platform.

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This story with make your jaw drop --an aging miracle!


I’m reading The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner.

I’m always fascinated about these global pockets (Blue Zones) of people who live healthy and productive lives up into their 100’s! 

One particular story blows my mind and I’d like to share it with you today.

Stamatis Moraitis immigrated to the USA from Ikaria, Greece post World War II. Ikaria is a small island known for its beauty, sea breezes, and vineyards.

He lived in the US as a painter and by his 50’s had achieved ‘The American Dream’ — he was married with three children, owned a three bedroom/two bath home and a 1951 Chevrolet. 

In his early 60’s his breathing became labored even when doing simple tasks and so he went to the doctor. He was diagnosed with lung cancer probably due to the combination of inhaling paint fumes for decades and his three-pack-a-day cigarette habit. 

He got a second, third, and forth opinion and all the doctors concluded he had 6-9 months to live.

He began planning his funeral and realized it would cost him $2,000 to be buried in America and only $200 in his home town of Ikaria so he decided to move home with his wife to live out his final days. 

After a few weeks of being taken care of by his wife and mom, he started forcing himself out of bed. He attended church and would invite his childhood friends to visit him at home where they enjoyed telling stories and drinking wine.

One day he felt ambitious and decided to plant a vegetable garden. He didn’t expect to live long enough to harvest it but thought it would be a great bounty for his wife and mom to enjoy after he was gone. 

Six months came and went and Stamatis didn’t die. He harvested the garden and felt well enough to start cleaning up the family vineyard. 

His daily routine was waking up late, working the vineyard until mid-afternoon, eating lunch, and then taking a nap. In the evenings he would drink wine with friends or go to the tavern and play dominos. 

The years passed and his health continued to improve. He added a couple more rooms to his home so his children could visit and he also built up the vineyard and started producing 400 gallons of wine per year. 

35 years later, he turned 100 years old and was living cancer free. He never sought any treatment, went through chemotherapy, took drugs or had any type of therapy. 

All he did was move to Ikaria. 

Did you get goose bumps? I just love this story! 

In The Blue Zones book there are several common themes among centurions. They…

  • Stay active and do a lot of walking

  • Aren’t afraid to do physical work (typically out in nature) 

  • Live simply yet abundantly 

  • Have strong family and community bonds

  • Eat real food that’s heavy on vegetables (and other locally grown herbs/starches/legumes) and light on meat. They also don’t over-eat

  • Have a strong sense of purpose

  • Brush off ‘stress’

Compared to these Blue Zones the ‘American Dream’ doesn’t seem so dreamy. Most Americans…

  • Live above their means 

  • Eat/drink/smoke/shop to escape 

  • Isolate themselves from true connections

  • Have abundance and ‘stuff’ overload yet never feel ‘enough’

  • Work in jobs they dislike to pay for lives that stress them out

  • Rely on technology to flush toilets, change TV channels, open garage doors, etc 

  • Measure up to 'society' rules

  • Lack purpose 

Does this make you mad? Fire you up? It does me! 

Living a ‘Blue Zone’ life is an empowering choice! If Stamatis can do it so the hell can we and no, it doesn’t mean we all need to pack our bags and move to Ikaria (although why not?!) 

There is something you can do right now, in your current situation, that will make a tremendous impact on your wellbeing — knowing your purpose. And that’s what I’m writing about next week so please stay tuned.